Holding people accountable for their actions is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points" memo. Many viewers were surprised when I told Judge Napolitano that if guilty, I would sentence the parents who stood by and watched the sex, booze and pot-fueled teenage party to 30 days in jail.
Rochelle and Robert Wien threw a party for their son Jeremy and allowed a stripper to perform a sex show in front of at least 50 teenagers. And now we learned that other incidents involving booze and kids reportedly happened on or near their property in the past.
Judge Napolitano said he would have fined the couple and given them community service, but that's not enough in my opinion. I believe society has to begin sending some messages. The conduct of the Wiens, adding to the corruption of children, was deplorable. Why let them skate? Why not punish the Wiens in a way that has an impact?
Kids are being corrupted all over the place and society is doing little about it. If this doesn't stop, America's future will be damaged. Take my word for it.
In the past year, there reportedly have been a number of inappropriate parties attended by students at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, and that is a school where some students posted sexually explicit details about high-school girls on a Web site. The students were not prosecuted. The girls were humiliated and damaged forever.
Now, we can't blame this on the Clintons, who live nearby, but you can blame it on school authorities who are now running away from the press. These people certainly knew what was going on and chose to hush things up to protect themselves, of course.
Talking Points continues to be amazed at the lack of outrage by many Americans over incidents like this one. You would think the citizens of Chappaqua, led by Senator Hillary Clinton, would hold a town meeting to try to sort out the problems. But the thing is many don't see these kinds of activities as problems.
It's the same thing in the Condit case. Millions of Americans, including most members of Congress, feel it's entirely appropriate for Gary Condit to continue to serve in the House. Of course, the appropriate thing is for him to resign, because he did not fully cooperate with a police investigation and has sullied the reputation of the House: a hard thing to do.
Condit is hanging on because he needs the money. In two years, he can begin claiming a $20,000 a year pension for the rest of his life, and he's now making 145,000, not including close to a million dollars a year in expenses.
Condit is under no pressure from his peers to quit, and so he can duck the press and play out the string. And the people who run Horace Greeley High School are pretty much using the same strategy: dodge the press, hope the whole thing blows over. And it will, but not before millions of American children have been taught yet another tawdry lesson.
That's the memo.
Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for the "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day." Even though the release of my new book is a month away, I've already gotten a bad review. The Kirkus outfit says this about the No-Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America. The 'No-Spin Zone bashes the bad guys and twists noses off while supposedly offering a fair shake... But it is hammer strokes of cocky bombast."
Now, I'm expecting a lot of that kind of thing, because some in the media world were absolutely furious that The O'Reilly Factor book reached No. 1 one on The New York Times bestseller list. I mean, they were teed off. So instead of ignoring my writing, as they did last time, this time they're coming at me. And we're ready. While it may be ridiculous, it'll be a fair fight this time, because we give as good as we get.
By the way, check out our website if you want to pre-order the No-Spin Zone book. Last time, many Factor viewers had to wait for it. This time we set it up so that you can get it real fast if you want to.
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